1. CHEESE SEX DEATH: A BIBLE FOR THE CHEESE OBSESSED
Gather, members of the cheese congregation: Evangelist cheesemonger Erika Kubick is here to spread the curd word in her debut book, Cheese Sex Death (Abrams, October 2021,$29.99). In it, Kubick shares her Ten Commandments of Cheese, insta-worthy recipes, beverage pairings for all, easy-to-follow cheese plate formulas, and more—all in pages filled with the mouth-watering, aesthetically pleasing photography Kubick is known for. Praise Cheesus.
2. CHEESE, ILLUSTRATED: NOTES, PAIRINGS, AND BOARDS
A colorful and informative celebration of global flavors, Cheese Illustrated (Chronicle Books, August 2021, $19.95) is every turophile’s new favorite guide to all of the classics. With 50 cheeses ranging from cheddar and taleggio to Tomme de Savoie, each wheel and wedge gets its own illustration and accompanying page of history, tasting notes, and pairing suggestions. Let author Rory Stamp and illustrator Holly Exley guide you through a cheese nerd’s paradise with each turning page.
3. LIDIA’S A POT, A PAN, AND A BOWL: SIMPLE RECIPES FOR PERFECT MEALS
It’s cozy season, and we’re ready for all the comfort food. Enter Italian chef Lidia Bastianich’s latest cookbook, Lidia’s a Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl (Knopf, October 2021, $29.95), which is chock full of simple, Italian-inspired recipes that celebrate the flavors of the season and incorporate plenty of formaggio. Whether you’re entertaining for the holidays or looking for something easy to make on a weeknight, there’s plenty to dig into—from One-Pan Chicken and Eggplant Parmigiana to Ricotta Frittata and beyond.
4. SPECTACULAR SPREADS: 50 AMAZING FOOD SPREADS FOR ANY OCCASION
The holidays are on the horizon, and food blogger and author MaeganBrown aims to soothe all your entertaining anxieties in her latest book, Spectacular Spreads (Rock Point, September 2021, $28.00). With ideas for every holiday on the calendar, Brown lays outa combination of recipes and prepared foods to create spreads that require little effort and allow for more time to eat, drink, and be merry.